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Boys Basketball: Recapping Friday’s regional round, looking ahead to state

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm with 3 Comments »
February 24, 2012 11:35 pm

Well, that didn’t go so well for West Central District teams.

Of the 11 4A and 3A WCD teams that advanced to the regional round, only Bellarmine Prep , Mount Rainier and Kennedy Catholic won on Friday night.

In 4A, Curtis, Olympia, Federal Way and Kentwood lost, as did 3A teams, Lincoln, Foss, Wilson and Decatur.

Here are the 4A, 3A game stories:
Bellarmine Prep 75, Snohomish 54

Union 58, Curtis 47

Mountlake Terrace 77, Decatur 62

O’Dea 67, Lincoln 48

Lake Washington 51, Wilson 40

Bothell 63, Olympia 54

South Sound teams in 2A and 1A fared slightly better.

Clover Park impressed in its 71-55 dismantling of Mark Morris. White River had an easy time against North Thurston, winning 56-37. WCD champion and fifth-ranked Sumner fell to No. 3 Lynden 66-55.

But it was a 2A WCD team that pulled off the biggest upset of the night. Unranked Lindbergh knocked off No. 1 Squalicum 67-64 in double-overtime.

In 1A, the path to the state title still goes through Cascade Christian. The two-time defending state champs dispatched Ridgefield 54-41.

Mount Rainier Lutheran will head back to the Class 1B tournament after it rallied for a 51-42 win over Mary M. Knight.

Here’s our roundup of games involving local teams we could not staff.

With the regional games out of the way, the state tournament is next. Matchups will be set at the draw at WIAA headquarters in Renton on Sunday.

Here are the state entrants for each classification:

Class 4A
Mount Rainier
Garfield
Jackson
Bellarmine Prep
Bothell
Union
Spokane Central Valley
Yakima Davis

Class 3A
O’Dea
Mountlake Terrace
Rainier Beach
Seattle Prep
Lake Washington
Kennedy Catholic
Spokane University
Kamiakin

Class 2A
Kingston
Lindbergh
White River
Lynden
Clover Park
Anacortes
Toppenish OR Ellensburg
Wapato OR Pullman

Class 1A
Toledo
Lynden Christian
Kalam
Cascade Christian
Zillah
Naches Valley
Granger
Cashmere

Class 2B
La Conner
Wahkiakum
Toutle Lake
Adna
NW Christian (Colbert)
Colfax
Lake Roosevelt
Dayton

Class 1B
King’s Way Christian
Muckleshoot Tribal
Mount Rainier Lutheran
Moses Lake Christian
Sunnyside Christian
Almira-Coulee/Hartline
Shorewood Christian OR Neah Bay
Cascade Christian Academy OR Valley Christian

Here’s Friday’s scoreboard with statewide results.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. It stinks because White River should have been playing Lynden for the right to go to state since they were the district runner up to Sumner. Who was the moron at the WIAA office that set up the brackets where the district champions face each other with the winner going to state and the runner ups facing each other.

  2. WhiteRiver says:

    It is unfortunate Sumner had the match up they did. But realize that Lynden wasnt the District Champ for District 1. They lost to Squalicum in semis and had to go thru loser bracket to get a #3 seed. North Thurston was a #3 seed too. Both White River and Sumner received #1 seeds since the WCD is the largest District.

  3. I believe the problem is the loser out regional format. There are 16 highly qualified teams that played many games to get there (subs and district, districts being double elim.) and when they get to regionals, they are put in a position to play the best game of their lives or go home. As it is tuning out, the top ranked teams are not going to be in the State tournament (which is double elimination). You have a Sumner (#5) and Squalicum (#1 in state) who went undefeated in districts and will not have a chance to play for all the marbles. Lynden and White River are both very good ball clubs and deserve the chance to go into the double elimination state playoffs. I think the WIAA should look to save money by eliminating the regionals and have a lottery to seed the top 16 to state. If Sumner gets matched up with Lynden again, then so be it. The fact of the matter is if Sumner still lost the first round, they would be able to win out to capture 5th place. With the way things are now, there is no way to tell where they will end up. All we know is that the 8 teams going to state will most likely end up 1-8 (which is not necessarily the true standings.) Maybe if Pullman loses in regionals, there may be more discussion on changing the format. Let’s get back to a true state tournament where a higher percentage of top teams will be able to compete.

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